We all know the drill: You’re walking down the street when a sketchy-looking guy and his “boys” look you up and down with their prying eyes. More often than not, sexual epithets and crude motions follow. And if you happen to be holding hands with another woman, expect anti-gay slurs to be tossed around without a second thought. It’s no secret that street harassment is a pervasive problem across the United States. In my very own city, the ... Read More
We all know that abortion is a headline maker. It’s a rallying point for churches. It’s a pawn in the political power struggle. But what if instead of just restricting the right to choose, lawmakers criminalized women who failed to carry their fetuses to term? Sadly, you don’t exactly need an imagination for this one, but you might want to take a deep breath. According to a 2011 report by The Guardian, women and girls across the United States are being ... Read More
Whether you’re a frequent partygoer or you just hit the bar once a month, sexual assault is a stark reality and it can happen to anyone. In the United States alone, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey. And frequently, a rapist is someone the victim is acquainted with, like a new date who slips a drug into round two of cocktails. To fight the harrowing statistics, ... Read More
 Dear Style.com editors, I recently had the pleasure of reading your pre-Fashion Week slideshow. Wedged between "Is There Life After J. Crew?" and "Are You Sick of Prints Yet?", I came across a story titled "Is Lesbian Chic Here to Stay?". It was a definite eye-opener. Here I was, so focused on trivial matters like securing the freedom to marry, that I failed to realize that I am currently a fashion trend. Previously, I was under the impression that I became ... Read More
What’s a dad to do when his five-year-old son has an affinity for adorable pink dresses? While some God-fearin’ men call for beating their “effeminate” sons (we’re looking at you, Pastor Sean Harris), Nils Pickert took a much different approach.   According to Gawker, the German dad started a father-son “skirt and dress day” tradition, proudly walking through their conservative South German village donning ... Read More
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